For Immediate Release
January 15. 2021
Contact: Laura Blair Johnson
Public Information Officer
Red Wing Councilmember Evan Brown appointed to Federal Advocacy Committee
(January 15, 2021, Red Wing, Minn.) – Councilmember Evan Brown of Red Wing, Minnesota, has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2021 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) Federal Advocacy Committee. Brown will provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy agenda and policy priorities. Brown’s one-year term appointment was announced yesterday by NLC President Kathy Maness. Brown stated:
"I am excited to represent Red Wing at the National League of Cities on this critical federal advocacy committee. I can't think of a more vital time to serve, with the incoming Biden-Harris administration signaling that it will mobilize their entire administration to take on the challenge of climate change through a systemic, coordinated approach through all agencies.
“Cities have to be part of that conversation. Cities in the United States account for up to two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions. Red Wing, in particular, has a critical role to play in that conversation.
- We are small and have a unique perspective.
- We have a working riverfront impacted by the effects of climate change.
- We host a nuclear power plant.
- We are in the service area of one of the most aggressive utilities in decarbonizing in the country and a county with some of the highest concentration of community solar gardens in the state.
“Our small city has a Sustainability Commission that has delivered positive environmental change for our city for over 12 years. Red Wing is a leader in the state in addressing sustainability issues.
“We also have demographics that have to be part of the conversation. We have an older population and housing stock, and a falling median income. We need to make sure that with our work on climate change comes environmental and climate justice to make sure people are not left behind.”
As a committee member, Brown will advocate on behalf of cities across America before Congress with leaders from around the nation to shape NLC policy positions. Brown said, “I believe Red Wing has a perspective to share with federal policymakers to help make the harder next moves that will require support from all levels of government, and with all parts of our society. I am honored to be asked to serve and advocate on behalf of the City of Red Wing for federal policies to address these critical issues."
Maness says, “Our federal advocacy committees are the voices of what’s happening on the ground in our communities. I am proud to have Evan Brown join NLC's EENR committee on behalf of his residents. Together with a team of local leaders from around the country, we will work to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”
The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Ellen Smith, Councilmember in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Vice Chair Cindy Dyballa, Councilmember in Takoma Park, Maryland; and Vice Chair Adrian Hernandez, Councilmember in Pearland, Texas.
For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees.
The City of Red Wing is dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthy, accessible, resilient, and equitable community where every person feels at home.